Museums in Los Angeles

The Definitive List (2019)

Los Angeles museums are among the best in the world, and include Drum Barracks, Discovery Cube Orange County, and dozens more institutions.

Below, we've researched and compiled a list of museums in Los Angeles, plus categories like:

And everything in-between. How many museums are there in Los Angeles? As of 2019, our list includes 93 awesome museums.

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Drum Barracks

Historic Site

The Drum Barracks, located near the Port of Los Angeles, are the last remaining original American Civil War-era military facility in the Los Angeles area. Today, the barracks are open as a museum that display and teach the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on California's role in the conflict.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Drum Barracks.

  • Courtyard
  • Barracks Room
  • Officer's Bedroom
Drum Barracks
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1052 N Banning Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Discovery Cube Orange County

Science Museum

The Discovery Cube Orange County Science Museum in Santa Ana is hard to miss. Its ten-story solar array cube that stands over Interstate 5 has become something of a landmark. With more than 100 hands-on science exhibits it's a great museum to visit with the whole family. The large museum is divided into several themed areas: Science of Hockey, Dino Quest, Rocket Lab, Air & Space, Eco-Challenge, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone, and the Showcase Gallery which houses traveling exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Discovery Cube Orange County.

  • Dino Quest
  • Eco-Challenge
  • Quake Zone
Discovery Cube Orange County
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Specialty Museum

The Craft and Folk Art Museum opened its doors on Los Angelesโ€™ historic Miracle Mile in 1965. The rotating exhibitions focus on contemporary art made from craft media and processes. Craft Contemporary believes a museum isn't only for seeing art but for creating art too! The museum offers many hands-on workshops led by professional artists and instructors in addition to classes, art talks, readings, and participatory projects for all ages.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

  • Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira
  • Cynthia Minet: Jacked
  • RAW: Craft, Commodity, and Capitalism
Craft and Folk Art Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $9 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Minnie Hill Palmer House/The Homestead Acre

Historic Site

The Minnie Hill Palmer House, also known as The Homestead Acre, is the only remaining homestead cottage in the San Fernando Valley. The cottage is a redwood Stick-Eastlake style American Craftsman-Bungalow. The house, gardens and Chatsworth Museum are open for tours from 1-4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Minnie Hill Palmer House/The Homestead Acre.

  • Homestead Cottage
  • Virginia Watson Chatsworth Museum
  • Minnie Hill Palmer Gardens
Minnie Hill Palmer House/The Homestead Acre
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 10385 Shadow Oak Dr, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Centinela Adobe

Historic Site

Built in 1834, the Centinela Adobe is the oldest building in the area. This Spanish Colonial style adobe house, also known as La Casa de la Centinela, is part of the Historical Society of Centinela Valley. The adobe is now a museum for the public. It is furnished with period furniture and artifacts from the late 19th century. The Centinela Adobe is open on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. and docents are available to provide tours.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Centinela Adobe.

  • Daniel Freeman Land Office
  • Walter Haskel Heritage Center
Centinela Adobe
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 7634 Midfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Catalina Island Museum

History Museum

The Catalina Island Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the island's unique history. The museum's collection consists of Catalina pottery and tile (which was manufactured on the island from 1927-1937) and more than 10,000 photographs and negatives documenting island life from the early 1880s to the present day. The museum is also home to boat models, sport fishing items, artifacts from the island's steamships and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Catalina Island Museum.

  • Catalina pottery and tile
  • photographs and negatives
  • boat models
Catalina Island Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $17 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 217 Metropole Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Cultural Center

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, located in the California State University, Los Angeles, is made up of four separate venues: Luckman Theatre, Luckman Intimate Theatre, Luckman Street of the Arts, and The Luckman Gallery. The gallery hosts rotating contemporary exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

  • Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
  • The Nutcracker
  • Valentina
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032

California African American Museum

Art Museum

Located in Los Angeles's Exposition Park, the California African American Museum (CAAM) is much more than just a museum. The space includes three exhibition galleries, a theater gallery, a large sculpture court, a conference center/special events room, an archive and research library with 20,000+ books and other reference materials available. The museum's permanent collection includes over 4,000 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and artifacts focused on representing the diverse contributions of African Americans in the United States.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at California African American Museum.

  • Bronze bust of civil rights activist Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune by artist Richmond Barthรฉ
  • Walter Burrell Collection of audio recordings of Burrellโ€™s interviews with African American celebrities
  • The oral histories of Celes King, a local civil rights activist and former Tuskegee airman
California African American Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Bolton Hall

Historic Site

Built in 1913, the Bolton House is a historic American Craftsman era stone building in Tujunga, Los Angeles. The museum has a full collection of photos, document archives and artifacts from Rancho Tujunga. You'll find these items on display along with rotating exhibits on the history of Rancho Tujunga. The museum is open to the public on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bolton Hall.

  • Gavel used by the presiding officer during early town meetings
  • Building tools used in the construction of Bolton Hall
  • Old photographs and the old clock from the first Tujunga Post Office
Bolton Hall
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 10110 Commerce Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042

Bhagavad-gita Museum

Private Museum

Located in West Los Angeles, the Bhagavad-gita Museum is a multimedia art museum all about the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita. The museum was established in 1977. It consists of eleven pretty much life-size dioramas. The dolls in said dioramas are constructed from traditional Indian doll-making materials such as bamboo, rice straw, various clays, and rice husk.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bhagavad-gita Museum.

  • Introduction โ€” Prabhupada and the Bhagavad-gita
  • The Precarious Condition of the Living Entity
  • Lord Chaitanya's Sankirtan Festival
Bhagavad-gita Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 3764 Watseka Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Art Museum

The Ben Maltz Gallery is located in the Otis College of Art and Design. The gallery hosts rotating exhibitions in a variety of media with a focus on contemporary art. Admission to the gallery is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ben Maltz Gallery.

  • Centennial: 100 Years of Otis Alumni
  • Spiritual Material: Kenzi Shiokava
  • Joanne Greenbaum: Things We Said Today
Ben Maltz Gallery
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Barnsdall Art Park

Cultural Center

Located in the East Hollywood district of Los Angeles, the Barnsdall Art Park is home to many arts intuitions, including the following three. First, The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (BGT), which is a venue that hosts live theatre, dance, music, spoken word, lecture, film, and special events. Second, the Hollyhock Hous, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Third, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), which focuses on underrepresented artists from the Los Angeles area.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Barnsdall Art Park.

  • Hollyhock House
  • Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)
  • Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (BGT)
Barnsdall Art Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Battleship IOWA Museum

Historic Site

The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro is home to the USS Iowa maritime museum. The ship, the USS Iowa, was built by the United States in 1943. The USS Iowa served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. She was of the last class of U.S. Navy battleships to be actually built by the United States.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Battleship IOWA Museum.

  • Officers ward room
  • President Roosevelt's cabin
  • Armored bridge
Battleship IOWA Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $30 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731

The Banning House & Museum

Historic Site

The Banning House and Museum is a 23-room historic Greek Revival-Victorian home. The residence was built in 1864. Since falling into despair over the decades, the house interiors have been carefully restored to their Victorian beauty, and 18 rooms are open to the public.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Banning House & Museum .

  • Stagecoach
  • Barn
  • Gardens
The Banning House & Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 401 E M St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Avila Adobe

Historic Site

Built in 1818 by Francisco Avila, the Avila Adobe is the oldest standing residence in the city of Los Angeles. Today it is located downtown on Olvera Street and is part of the California State Historic Park, Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. Fun fact: The building is made from the tar found at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Avila Adobe.

  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
Avila Adobe
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Autry Museum of the American West

History Museum

The Autry Museum of the American West is located in beautiful Griffith Park. The museum has a collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts. Including the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, it is one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the US.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Autry Museum of the American West.

  • Gold at the [Au]try
  • Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca
  • Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley
Autry Museum of the American West
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Andres Pico Adobe

Historic Site

Built in 1834, the Andres Pico Adobe is one of the oldest adobe structures in the City of Los Angeles. Today, the Adobe is a museum sharing the story of the Valley's history. The museum's exhibits include native American beads, Mission and Spanish-Mexican era artifacts, costumes and clothing that span more than a century, and furniture from the Victorian era.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Andres Pico Adobe.

  • Native American beads
  • Mission and Spanish-Mexican era artifacts
  • costumes and clothing
Andres Pico Adobe
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 10940 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

American Jewish University Galleries

Art Museum

The American Jewish University's two art galleries, Marjorie and Herman Platt Gallery and Borstein Art Gallery, explore creative practice, cultures and ideas, with an emphasis on contemporary work. The spaces host ongoing rotating exhibits. In the past, the galleries have showcased artists like David Hockney, Jim Dine, and Frank Stella. When you visit, don't miss the Smalley Sculpture Garden!

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at American Jewish University Galleries.

  • David Hockney
  • Jim Dine
  • Frank Stella
  • Smalley Sculpture Garden
American Jewish University Galleries
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 15600 Mulholland Drive Bel Air, CA 90077

African American Firefighter Museum

Specialty Museum

The African American Firefighter Museum is located in historic Fire Station No. 30 in the South Los Angeles area. It is the first and so far the only free-standing African American Firefighter Museum in the US. The museum's collection features vintage fire equipment and apparatus, memorabilia, histories, and photos of pioneering African American firefighters in Los Angeles.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at African American Firefighter Museum.

  • Vintage fire equipment
  • Photos of pioneering African American firefighters
African American Firefighter Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1401 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Museum of Illusions

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Illusions is another highly Instagrammable experience. The museum has more than 30 3D illusions inspired by cartoons, art, current events, movies and more. There is also a super cool upside-down house with seven unique rooms to explore.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Illusions.

  • Upside Down House
  • African Safari
  • Edge of a Skyscraper
Museum of Illusions
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6751 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Museum of Selfies

Specialty Museum

If you've ever wanted to feel like an Instagram celebrity, this is the place for you! The Museum of Selfies in Hollywood is full of fully-interactive exhibits for you to explore. The exhibition also explores how exactly the selfie trend developed by looking at social media, as well as some of the psychology behind self-portraiture.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Selfies.

  • Immersive Installations
  • Upside Down Room
  • โ€˜GOTโ€™ selfie throne
Museum of Selfies
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Grammy Museum

Specialty Museum

The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live is fun, interactive and educational. Explore and interact with the exhibits through touch-screens, videos, and recording booths. The museum also has a collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings, and outfits worn by Grammy-Award-winning musicians such as Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Grammy Museum.

  • Costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards
  • Hand-written lyrics
  • Outfits worn by Grammy-Award-winning musicians
Grammy Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Marciano Art Foundation

Art Museum

In 2017, Maurice and Paul Marciano started the museum as an exhibition space to display their 1,500-piece collection of contemporary art. Today the foundation's collection has expanded and includes works by well-established, mid-career and emerging artists, primarily from the 1990s to the present.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Marciano Art Foundation.

  • Donna Huanca: OBSIDIAN LADDER
  • Anna Uddenberg: Privรฉ
  • Yayoi Kusama, With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever, 2011
Marciano Art Foundation
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 4357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Japanese American National Museum

History Museum

The Japanese American National Museum is located in the Little Tokyo area near downtown. The museum's exhibits cover more than 130 years of Japanese-American history. The collection includes a massive moving image archive with 100,000+ feet of 16mm and 8mm home movies made by and about Japanese Americans from the 1920s to the 1950s. You'll also find artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories of Japanese Americans on your visit.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Japanese American National Museum.

  • Moving image archive
  • Artifacts
  • Oral histories of Japanese Americans
Japanese American National Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $16 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Norton Simon Museum

Private Museum

The Norton Simon Museum is located in Pasadena. The museum's extensive collection of more than 11,000 objects includes European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and contemporary art. The sculptures on display are in a lovely garden with a large pond.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Norton Simon Museum.

  • 8 Miraculous Events of the Buddha's Life from Myanmar, 13th century
  • Rembrandt, Self-portrait, c. 1640
  • Vincent van Gogh, The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in the Snow, 1885
Norton Simon Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Art Museum

The Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA for short, has three different locations in Los Angeles. The main branch, MOCA Grand, is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown. The second, Geffen Contemporary is located in the Little Tokyo district of downtown. The third, The Pacific Design Center facility is located in West Hollywood. MOCA's collection includes primarily American and European contemporary art created after 1940.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

  • Calla Look by John Chamberlain
  • Black Iris by Franz Kline
  • Man with Folded Arms by Roy Lichtenstein
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits)

Science Museum

Natural tar -- brea in Spanish -- has seeped up from the ground in this area (what is now LA's Hancock Park) for tens of thousands of years. It was discovered that the tar has preserved the bones of trapped animals over many centuries. The George C. Page Museum located next to the pits is dedicated to exploring, researching, and sharing the history of La Brea Tar Pits with the public.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits).

  • Fossil Lab
  • Mammoths and Mastodons Exploration
  • Ice Age Fossils
Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits)
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $18+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Petersen Automotive Museum

Specialty Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum located on Museum Row in Los Angeles is one of the world's largest automotive museums. The museum has 100+ vehicles on display in 25 galleries on three different floors.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Petersen Automotive Museum.

  • 1992 Batmobile from Batman Returns
  • De Tomaso Pantera which belonged to Elvis Presley
  • Ferrari 308 GTS Targa used by Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I.
Petersen Automotive Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $16 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Specialty Museum

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is the nation's first large-scale museum entirely dedicated to the art, science, craft, business, and history of film. The museum's permanent collection includes 12 million photographs, 190,000 moving image items, 80,000 screenplays, 61,000 posters and 104,000+ pieces of production art.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

  • Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Shirley Temple's tap shoes from The Little Colonel (1935)
  • Typewriter used to write the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Architecture and Design (A+D) Museum

Specialty Museum

A+D Museum, also known as Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, is located in downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The museum's mission is to "celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life."

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Architecture and Design (A+D) Museum.

  • The Los Angeles Schools
  • Proof & Prototype
  • Shortlisted!
 Architecture and Design (A+D) Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Getty Villa

Art Museum

The Getty Villa is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. It is an educational center and museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The in-depth collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD. The Getty Villa also has four beautiful gardens complete with open-air Roman architecture and Mediterranean plants.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Getty Villa.

  • Neolithic Clay Figurines
  • Lansdowne Heracles
  • The Victorious Youth
The Getty Villa
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Will Rogers State Historic Park

Historic Site

By the mid-1930s, Will Rogers was one of the most popular actors in Hollywood and "America's most beloved citizen." After Rogers' death, in 1944, his widow, Betty, donated their ranch to California State Parks. The ranch consisted of a 31-room house with guest housing, a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, polo field, golf course, and riding trails. Today you can take tours of the ranch house, picnic in the park, take a nice hike and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

  • Riding trails
  • 31-room house
  • Stable
Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Wells Fargo Museum

Private Museum

The Los Angeles Wells Fargo Museum is located downtown in the Wells Fargo Center on Bunker Hill. The collection and various exhibits tell the story and history of Wells Fargo Bank and the development of the West since the company's founding in 1852.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wells Fargo Museum.

  • Wagon Baner Ads
  • Authentic 19th-century Concord stagecoach
  • Historic LA Maps
Wells Fargo Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 333 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Watts Towers Arts Center

Historic Site

Simon Rodia spent 33 years building the Watts Towers on a small piece of land he purchased in 1917. The Watts Towers are made up of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet tall. Today, it is connected to The Watts Towers Arts Center, a community arts center, who runs tours, art classes and other programs.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Watts Towers Arts Center.

  • 17 interconnected sculptural towers
  • Mosaics
  • 99.5-foot tall tower
Watts Towers Arts Center
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1727 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

USC Fisher Museum of Art

Art Museum

Founded in 1939, the USC Fisher Museum of Art was the first art museum established in the city of Los Angeles. The museum's permanent collection has over 1,800 objects including 19th-century American landscapes; 16th and 17th-century Northern European paintings; 18th-century British portraiture; and 19th-century French Barbizon paintings, as well as 20th-century works on paper, paintings, and sculpture.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at USC Fisher Museum of Art.

  • Venus Wounded by a Thorn (ca. 1608-1610) by Peter Paul Rubens
  • St. John the Evangelist (1618-1620) by Anthony van Dyck
  • Isabella Hunter formerly Mrs. Anne Downman (ca. 1776-1790) by Angelica Kauffmann
USC Fisher Museum of Art
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 823 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089

California Science Center

Science Museum

The California Science Center has four major permanent exhibit areas, World of Life, Creative World. World of Life, Ecosystems, and Air and Space. World of life explores the commonalities of the living world, from the single-celled bacterium to the human being; Creative World examines the ways people employ technology to meet their needs for transportation, communication and structures; and Ecosystems, a major expansion opened in March of 2010, features an unprecedented blend of nearly 400 species of live plants and animals, and hands-on exhibits in 11 immersive environments. Air and Space Exhibits explores the design of aircraft, spacecraft, and space probes for specific tasks by applying the principles of air, space, and flight.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at California Science Center .

    California Science Center
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037

    Hammer Museum

    Art Museum

    Located in the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Hammer Museum presents exhibitions of contemporary and historical work in all media of the visual arts. Their collection highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under-recognized artists. Hammer also offers 300 free public programs annually. These programs include film screenings, performances, lectures, readings, and panel discussions on current social issues.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Hammer Museum .

    • El Pelele by Francisco Goya
    • Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin by Paul Gauguin
    • Hospital at Saint-Remy by Vincent van Gogh
    Hammer Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Annenberg Space for Photography

    Art Museum

    The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography. It opened it's doors in March 2009 at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles. At just 10,000-square-feet it is an intimate space for the community to come together. The space features several powerfully-themed exhibits a year as well as photography-oriented programming, including lectures, workshops, masterclasses, and family-friendly events. The Traveling Exhibits features the work of both world-renowned and up-and-coming photographers, as well as original short documentary films in which that artists share the compelling stories behind the images.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Annenberg Space for Photography .

    • Traveling Exhibits
    Annenberg Space for Photography
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 2000 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Griffith Observatory

    Science Museum

    Griffith Observatory has been a world leader in public astronomy since opening its doors in 1935. The Observatory is an iconic Los Angeles landmark (its also been featured in more than 300 films and television shows). In addition to amazing views of downtown LA and the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory is home to interesting and informative exhibits on the mysteries of astronomy and beyond. Fun fact, more people have looked through Griffith Observatoryโ€™s telescope than any other telescope on Earth.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Griffith Observatory .

    • Samuel Oschin Planetarium Show (tickets are $3.00 - $7.00)
    • The Gottlieb Transit Corridor
    • Roof and Terraces Views
    Griffith Observatory
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 2800 East Observatory Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Natural History Museum

    History Museum

    The Natural History Museum (NHM) is one of L.A.โ€™s oldest cultural institutions. In addition to sharing the history of the planet through incredible exhibits like Age of Mammals, the Dinosaur Hall, the Gem, and Mineral Hall -- NHM takes on the relationship between the environment and people, past and present. NHM offers an incredible space to explore and discover the intersection of nature and culture.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Natural History Museum .

    • Dinosaur Hall
    • Nature Lab
    • 3D Theater
    Natural History Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

    The Broad

    Art Museum

    The Broad is a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The Broad is home to 2,000+ pieces of contemporary art. The museum's extensive collection of contemporary work features well-known artists like Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at The Broad .

    • Single Elvis by Andy Warhol
    • Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room โ€“ The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
    • Cairo by Julie Mehretu
    The Broad
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ The Broad, 221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

    Library

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution. The library's art galleries are extensive with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The Library Exhibition Hall is one of the world's great independent research libraries, with more than eleven million items spanning the 11th to 21st centuries. And last but certainly not least are 120 acres of specialized beautiful botanical gardens to explore.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens.

    • The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough
    • Desert Garden
    • Japanese Garden
    Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25+ per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108

    Getty Center

    Art Museum

    The Getty Center museum has long been a staple of the Los Angeles area. If itโ€™s not on your to-do list, it should be! Founded in 1997, the Getty Center museum houses magnificent European paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography โ€” Itโ€™s one of the best collections of artworks in the world.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Getty Center .

    • The Musicians' Brawl by Georges de La Tour
    • Spring by ร‰douard Manet
    • 17th century Joke Glass (Scherzgefรคss)
    Getty Center
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    Art Museum

    LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to incredible art exhibits, LACMA features film and concert series. LACMA is currently undergoing a massive redesign scheduled to be completed in 2024. While many of the original permanent collection galleries are closed, art from the museumโ€™s collection will continue to be on view in exhibitions in BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) .

    • Urban Light by Chris Burden
    • Weeping Woman with Handkerchief by Pablo Picasso
    • La Trahison des images (Ceci nโ€™est pas une pipe) by Renรฉ Magritte
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Forest Lawn Museum

    Art Museum

    The Forest Lawn Museums is actually located nearby in on Glendale. The museum displays a permanent collection, as well as impressive rotating exhibits. The permanent collection includes one of the largest stained glass collections in North America with 1,000+ pieces. The museum first opened its doors in 1952. The founder, Dr. Hubert Eaton, wrote that the park should be "a place where artists study and sketch; were school teachers bring happy children to see the things they read of in books."

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Forest Lawn Museum.

    • The Crucifixion by Jan Styka
    • The Last Supper (a stained glass re-creation)
    • The Poet's Windows
    Forest Lawn Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

    Flight Path Learning Center & Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Flight Path Learning Center & Museums houses objects and information on the history of aviation. You'll find aircrafts scale models, flight attendant uniforms, and general airline memorabilia such as playing cards, china, magazines, signs, even a TWA gate information sign. The museum also has more rare items such as aircraft manufacture company newsletters/magazines and industry magazines dating back to WWII and before.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Flight Path Learning Center & Museum .

    • The Spirit of Seventy" DC-3
    • Aircrafts scale models
    • Flight attendant uniforms
    Flight Path Learning Center & Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6661 Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The museum is located on the ground floor of the Los Angeles campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. It is home to a collection of 12,000+ costumes, accessories and textiles from the 18th century through the present day. The museum's collection includes film and theater costume as well as an early Hollywood Costume Collection on loan from the City of Los Angeles.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum.

    • Two-Piece Day Dress c. 1872โ€“1874
    • Egyptomania Textile Swatch c. 1923
    Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Travel Town Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Travel Town Museum, located in Griffith Park, educates people about railroad history. The museum specifically explores the history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930s. The collection includes 43 full-scale railroad engines and cars.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Travel Town Museum.

    • Heisler Locomotive
    • Shay
    • Union Pacific Sleeping Car
    Travel Town Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    SS Lane Victory

    Historic Site

    The SS Lane Victory is an American Victory-class cargo ship. After being used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, the ship was preserved in 1989 to serve as a museum. The ship was also designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The best way to explore the Lane Victory on a self-paced walking tour. You'll discover how the Merchant Marines of the World War II era lived and worked. The site also has two complete museums packed with videos, history, anecdotes and artifacts.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at SS Lane Victory.

    • Working prop-engine used in the filming of โ€œThe Sand Pebblesโ€ (1966)
    • Visit the bridge
    • Living quarters
    SS Lane Victory
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 3011 Miner St, San Pedro, CA 90731

    Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

    Cultural Center

    The non-profit Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is a community arts center located in Venice. The center is involved in and sponsors many community projects and workshops such as murals and other works of public art. SPARC is also home to the Durรณn Gallery. The gallery hosts both visual and performance exhibitions "that inspire social change and amplify the voices of marginalized communities."

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC).

    • The Box Project
    • Down the Rabbit Hole by Mercedes Gertz
    • De Colores Means All of Us: Art and the Dialectics of Coalition Building in Communities of Color Curated by Claudia Huiza
    Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 685 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

    Southwest Museum of the American Indian

    History Museum

    The Southwest Museum of the American Indian is located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is a museum, library, and archive. The museum's collection is the second largest collection of Native American objects in the United States. The artifacts on display range in age from prehistoric to the present, documenting Native history and culture in the Americas. The collection also includes pre-Hispanic, Spanish colonial, Latino, and Western American art and artifacts.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Southwest Museum of the American Indian.

    • The Balance of Power on the American Frontier
    • Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis
    • Imagined West Studios
    Southwest Museum of the American Indian
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 234 Museum Dr Mt. Washington, Los Angeles, California

    Skirball Cultural Center

    Cultural Center

    The Skirball Cultural Center is an educational institution focused on sustaining Jewish heritage and American democratic ideals. The center is quite large and includes a museum, a performing arts center, conference halls, classrooms, libraries, courtyards, gardens, and a cafรฉ. The museum's collection includes 30,000+ objects such as archaeological artifacts from biblical and later historical periods, Jewish ceremonial objects, Old World Jewish objects, fine artworks in a variety of media, and more.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Skirball Cultural Center.

    • Jewish ceremonial objects
    • Old World Jewish objects
    • Archaeological artifacts
    Skirball Cultural Center
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    El Pueblo de Los รngeles Historical Monument

    Historic Site

    El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is a historic district located in the oldest section of Los Angeles. In 1953, the 44-acre park area was designated a state historic monument and in 1972, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the famed historic district is home to many of Los Angeles's major historic sites (including ones we've previously listed on this page).

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at El Pueblo de Los รngeles Historical Monument.

    • Pico House
    • Old Plaza Firehouse
    • Olvera Street
    El Pueblo de Los รngeles Historical Monument
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Ripley's Believe It or Not!

    Private Museum

    We think it's safe to say everyone is familiar with Ripley's Believe It or Not! But did you know that Ripley first displayed his collection to the public at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933? Back then, it was called Ripley's Odditorium and over two million visitors came to explore Ripley's bizarre oddities. Today, there are Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums all over the world. The museum in Hollywood is home to 13 galleries of oddities.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Ripley's Believe It or Not!.

    • Cyclops Lamb
    • Visual Illusions
    • A Shrunken Head
    Ripley's Believe It or Not!
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $26 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6780 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

    Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)

    Art Museum

    Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, also know as REDCAT, is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles. The art center consists of a 3,000-square-foot gallery space with rotating exhibitions, a 200โ€“270-seat flexible black box theater, and a lounge cafe/bar and a bookstore. REDCAT focuses on innovative visual, performing and media arts.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT).

    • Adelita Husni Bey: CHIRON
    • Michael Rakowitz: Dispute Between the Tamarisk and the Date Palm
    • Morgan Fisher / Passing Time
    Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum

    Private Museum

    Located in Hollywood, the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum houses another unique collection. The museum is owned and operated by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an anti-psychiatry organization founded by the Church of Scientology. The many exhibits document how psychiatry is an industry driven by profit and furthermore that its "help "often results in the death of the patient. These exhibits include physical psychiatric treatments, such as restraints, psychoactive drugs, electroconvulsive therapy and psychosurgery including lobotomy.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum.

    • physical psychiatric treatments
    • electroconvulsive therapy
    • psychosurgery including lobotomy
    Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6616 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Point Fermin Lighthouse

    Historic Site

    The Point Fermin Lighthouse, built in 1874, was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. It was built in an early Victorian architectural style called the Stick Style. It is characterized by its gabled roofs, horizontal siding, decorative cross beams and hand-carved porch railings and is simpler than the later high Victorian period.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Point Fermin Lighthouse .

    • Stick Style Architecture
    • Gabled Roofs
    • Horizontal Siding
    Point Fermin Lighthouse
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 807 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

    Old Plaza Firehouse

    Historic Site

    The Old Plaza Firehouse was built in 1884 making it the oldest fire station in the city of Los Angeles. You can find it near Olvera Street in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. After being among other things a cigar store, poolroom, seedy hotel, the building was restored in the 1950s and opened as the firefighting museum in 1960. The museum's collection includes helmets, photos, and firefighting equipment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Old Plaza Firehouse.

    • firefighting equipment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
    • helmets
    • photos
    Old Plaza Firehouse
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 501 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Oran Z Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum

    Private Museum

    The Oran Z Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum has one of the world's largest collections of Black Americana artifacts including thousands of postcards, sheet music, records, videos, books, stamps, coins, silverware, advertising, dolls, sculptures, signs, kitchen collections, baseball cards, first editions, quilts, African artifacts, slavery items, fine art, folk art, wax figures, autographs, cookie jars, salt shakers, pipes, games, toys, movies, jewelry, plaques, KKK paraphernalia, Adinkras and authentic antique Kente cloths.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Oran Z Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum.

    • Adinkras and authentic antique Kente cloths
    • African artifacts
    • Advertising
    Oran Z Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 3742 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

    Library

    ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries has the largest collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender materials in the world and is the oldest existing LGBT organization in the US. ONE Archives' is home to over two million items such as periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, clothing, costumes, and buttons, organizational records, and personal papers. The organizers also run a small museum space devoted to LGBT art and history in West Hollywood.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

    • Liberate the Bar! Queer Nightlife, Activism, and Spacemaking
    • The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance Art in the 1970s Photographs by Greg Day
    • In Search of Baba Singh
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 909 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

    Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

    Historic Site

    The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences of famed modernist architect Richard Neutra is under the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design and Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. The House II is open for public tours on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Tours are given by Cal Poly Pomona Architecture students and are typically 30 minutes long.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.

    • Mark Cottle: The Cost of Money
    • Tu casa es mi casa
    • Cornerstone by Les Frรจres Chapuisat
    Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 2300 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Nethercutt Collection

    Specialty Museum

    The Nethercutt Collection is located in Sylmar. Its collection is centered around automobiles and is one of America's five greatest automobile museums. The museum has on display 130+ of the worldโ€™s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. But it isn't just cars, they are also home to mechanical musical instruments, including orchestrions, player pianos and music boxes, antique furniture, and two older-model railroad cars.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Nethercutt Collection.

    • Antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles
    • Mechanical musical instruments
    • Player pianos
    Nethercutt Collection
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 15151 Bledsoe St, Sylmar, CA 91342

    Museum of Tolerance

    Specialty Museum

    The Museum of Tolerance (MOT), is a multimedia museum that explores racism and prejudice around the world. The museum was built by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after its founder Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter. The museum's exhibit "The Holocaust Section" is its most visited.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Tolerance.

    • The Holocaust Section
    • Tolerancenter
    • Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves
    Museum of Tolerance
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $16 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

    Museum of the San Fernando Valley

    History Museum

    The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is an educational and cultural institution. They focus on acquiring, displaying, and preserving the artifacts, documents and records of the San Fernando Valley. The Museum offers ongoing programs such as Historic Walking Tours, Speaker Series, Horses Across The Valley and much more!

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

    • WWII History and the San Fernando Valley
    • Edgar Rice Burroughs & Tarzanยฎ & Centennial of Tarzana Ranch
    • Sculptor Henry Van Wolf
    Museum of the San Fernando Valley
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 18860 Nordhoff St #204, Northridge, CA 91324

    Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Private Museum

    The Museum of Jurassic Technology is home to a very unique collection of objects and more than thirty permanent exhibits. The objects are a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic items, as well as some unclassifiable exhibits. It is reminiscent of the cabinets of curiosities that were around in the 16th-century, before the modern natural-history museums.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Jurassic Technology.

    • The Delani/Sonnabend Halls
    • Tell the Bees
    • The Garden of Eden on Wheels
    Museum of Jurassic Technology
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    Museum of Death

    Specialty Museum

    Founded in June, 1995 by J. D. Healy and Catherine Shultz, The Museum of Death is a strange place. It all started because the founder's unique hobby -- they would write to serial killers they were interested in, and then show off the artwork their pen pals had created at a specialist show once a year. They eventually collected so many materials they decided to make a museum. The museum displays a wide variety of art and artifacts surrounding the subject of death, from baby coffins to letters and artwork from various serial killers (and much much more!)

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Death.

    • A Recreation of the Heaven's Gate Mass Suicide
    • The Head of French Serial Killer Henri Landru
    • Thanatron, one of the original suicide machines built by Jack Kevorkian
    Museum of Death
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $17 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6031 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

    Muller House

    Historic Site

    After being moved three times since it was originally built in the late 1800s, the Muller House has found a permanent home on a bluff overlooking San Pedro Bay. The museum is open on the first and second Sunday of the month and public tours are given from 1 to 4pm (the last tour is at 3:15).

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Muller House.

    • Muller family memorabilia
    • Early modernist architecture
    Muller House
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $3 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 1542 S Beacon St, San Pedro, CA 90731

    Mission San Fernando Rey de Espaรฑa

    Historic Site

    Mission San Fernando Rey de Espaรฑa was founded on September 8th, 1797 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuรฉn. The mission was named for St. Ferdinand, King of Spain (1217-1252). It fell into disrepair after the 1812 earthquakes and the digging up of the church floor by gold prospectors when gold was discovered nearby. Over the years some to the structures have been restored including the church, monastery and some quarters around the quadrangle. The church is active and mass is held every Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30am.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Mission San Fernando Rey de Espaรฑa.

    • Church
    • Monastery
    • Quarters around the quadrangle
    Mission San Fernando Rey de Espaรฑa
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

    Lummis House and Gardens

    Historic Site

    Lummis House, also known as El Alisal, is located on the edge of Arroyo Seco in northeast Los Angeles. The house's name means "alder grove" in Spanish. It is a late 19th and early 20th-century Rustic American Craftsman river stone house built by Charles Fletcher Lummis. The museum is open to the public for tours on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Lummis House and Gardens .

    • Drought-tolerant and California native plants
    • El Alisal California Sycamore trees
    • Lummis's collection of artifacts
    Lummis House and Gardens
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 200 E Ave 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031

    Los Encinos State Historic Park

    Historic Site

    Los Encinos State Historic Park is located at the corner of Balboa and Ventura Blvd. in Encino. The five-acre park is home to the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Encinos State Historic Park.

    • The Blacksmith's Shop
    • The Parlor
    • Citrus Grove
    Los Encinos State Historic Park
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 16756 Moorpark St, Encino, CA 91436

    Highland Park Police Station Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Los Angeles Police Museum is located in the Highland Park Police Station, the city's oldest surviving police station. The building was built in 1925 and after years of neglect, it was salvaged and restored and is now home to the museum. Through its collection of photographs, uniforms, badges, squad cars, a paddy wagon, and bullet-riddled vehicles the museum tells the story of LAPD from its beginnings in 1869 to the now.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Highland Park Police Station Museum .

    • Squad cars
    • Paddy wagon
    • Bullet-riddled vehicles
    Highland Park Police Station Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6045 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

    Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

    History Museum

    Founded in 1961 by Holocaust Survivors, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is an important museum located in LA's Pan Pacific Park. LAMOTH's collection of personally donated original documents and artifacts is displayed in a way that lets each piece tell its own story as objectively as possible. Interestingly, as you explore the various rooms you'll find that they very purposefully get darker as you explore the ones containing the darker parts of this history.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

    • Sobibor Death Camp Scale Model
    • Tree of Testimony
    • 18 Camps Interactive
    Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Art Museum

    Established in 1954, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is the city's primary exhibition venue. Located in Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles, the gallery's rotating exhibitions include painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, video, installation, design, and more. They focus on representing underrepresented local artists whose work may not otherwise have found a platform.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

    • To View a Plastic Flower
    • Loitering is delightful
    • Offal
    Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Los Angeles Maritime Museum

    Specialty Museum

    Located at Sixth Street at Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum is a non-profit maritime museum and the largest maritime museum on the West Coast. The museum's exhibits include a history of commercial diving in Los Angeles Harbor, a Navy Hall that features large ship models such as the SS Poseidon model from the 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure, chronicles of the San Pedro fishing industry, and models of merchant ships such as the Silverpalm and square-riggers.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

    • SS Poseidon Model
    • Merchant Ship Models
    • Ham Radio Station
    Los Angeles Maritime Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 600 Sampson Way (Berth 84), San Pedro, CA 90731

    Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

    Specialty Museum

    Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum promotes live steam and scale model railroad technology by offering the public fun train rides and educating guests about railroad history and lore. Located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, the museum is open from 11am to 3pm every Sunday. While the museum is free, there is a suggested donation fee of $3 per person for the train rides.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum.

    • Walt Disneyโ€™s Barn
    • Stationary Steam Plant
    • Santa Fe Caboose
    Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 5202 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial

    Specialty Museum

    The Los Angeles Fire Department actually operates two different museums, the Hollywood Museum and the Harbor Museum. The museums are home to old fire engines and fire apparatus, with some artifacts dating back to the 1880s. The Hollywood Museum also has a reference library and fire safety learning center.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial.

    • Old fire engines
    • Fire apparatus
    • Artifacts dating back to the 1880s
    Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 1355 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

    Art Museum

    Lace was founded in 1978 by a core group of 13 artists. Today it is a nonprofit venue that exhibits and advocates for innovations in art-making and public engagement. In the last 40 years, LACE has presented the work of more than 5,000 artists in 3,000 programs and events.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).

    • Paroxysm of Sublime
    • The Archival Impulse: 40 Years at LACE
    • To Oblivion: The Speculatorโ€™s Eden by Sandra de la Loza
    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

    Cultural Center

    LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781. Their campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings, the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House, which are surrounded by a large public garden. The museum collection and exhibitions explore the stories, history, cultures, values, and traditions of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinos in Los Angeles and Southern California.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

    • Calle Principal
    • LA Starts Here!
    • The View From Here: Architecture as Witness to History.
    LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Korean Cultural Center

    History Museum

    The Korean Cultural Center has many facilities including a museum, art gallery, auditorium, library, and film archives and screening room. The museum, located on the first floor, displays a vast collection of historical and contemporary Korean artifacts along with a variety of replicas of historical pieces from Korea's dynastic kingdoms. The collection also includes embroidery, crafts, pottery, crowns, musical instruments and artifacts from the Three Kingdoms Period and the Joseon Dynasty.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Korean Cultural Center .

    • Embroidery
    • Pottery
    • Artifacts from the Three Kingdoms Period
    Korean Cultural Center
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles

    Judson Studios

    Historic Site

    Located in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, Judson Studios is a fine arts studio specializing in stained glass. In 1969, the Judson Studios building was named a Historic-Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles. Later, in 1999, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Public Tours of Judson Studios take place every second Thursday of the month at 2:15 pm. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Judson Studios.

    • Stained Glass
    • Kilnformed Glass
    Judson Studios
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $18 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 200 S Ave 66, Los Angeles, CA 90042

    Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

    History Museum

    The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), located in Downtown Los Angeles, is an interactive museum that documents the history and contributions of Italian Americans in Southern California and the nation. The IAMLAโ€™s collection contains 6,000+ artifacts, photographs and archival documents that span from the 18th century to recent history.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.

    • Italians in Hollywood
    • Pioneers
    • Dago!
    Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 644 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Human Resources Los Angeles

    Specialty Museum

    Located in Los Angeles's Chinatown, Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA) is a non-profit contemporary and conceptual art space focused on performative and other underexposed modes of expression. Be sure to check out the calendar before your visit, as opening hours vary with each exhibition and event.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Human Resources Los Angeles.

    • Muscle House Cookbook (Part 2)
    • Gong Gaada โ€ข Glochids โ€ข lucky dragons
    • The Revolting Lumpen! a classical opera reboot
    Human Resources Los Angeles
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Hollywood Wax Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Hollywood Wax Museum is located on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood's tourist district. It features wax replicas of A-list stars, classic entertainers, and legendary singers. There is also a Chamber of Horrors which features classic and current movie monsters. Use provided props and costumes while taking a few selfies with your favorite celebrities.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Hollywood Wax Museum.

    • A-list Stars
    • Chamber of Horrors
    • Legendary Singers
    Hollywood Wax Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $36 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6767 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    The Hollywood Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Hollywood Museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building on Highland Avenue (Max Factor was Hollywoodโ€™s Makeup King during the Golden Era). The four floored museum has an interesting collection of 10,000+ one-of-a-kind show biz treasures. It includes authentic costumes, props, photographs, scripts, starsโ€™ car collections and personal artifacts, posters, and vintage memorabilia from favorite films and TV shows.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at The Hollywood Museum.

    • Marilyn Monroeโ€™s million dollar dress
    • Elvisโ€™ personal bathrobe
    • Hannibal Lecterโ€™s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs
    The Hollywood Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 1660 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

    Hollywood Heritage Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Hollywood Heritage Museum tells the story of the early Hollywood motion picture industry and the historic Hollywood community. The museum itself is housed in the oldest existing motion picture production building in Hollywood. The collection features archival photographs from the silent era of motion pictures, movie props, historic documents and other movie-related memorabilia. Its also home to many historic photographs and postcards of the streets, buildings and residences of Hollywood during its golden age.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Hollywood Heritage Museum.

    • The Oakie Gallery
    • The Hollywood Miniatures
    Hollywood Heritage Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 2100 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    Hollywood Bowl Museum

    Specialty Museum

    The Hollywood Bowl Museum (formerly known as the Tea Room) is located at the bottom of Peppertree Lane. It features many historical exhibits with objects such as vintage photographs, vintage sound equipment, newspaper clippings, postcards, live video recordings, and live audio recordings. It, of course, also features memorabilia and artifacts about the history of the Hollywood Bowl including Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Hollywood Bowl Museum .

    • Summer Nights: Jazz at the Bowl
    • Hollywood Bowl: Music For Everyone
    • Beatles at the Bowl
    Hollywood Bowl Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

    Heritage Square Museum

    Historic Site

    Heritage Square Museum is a living history and open-air architecture museum located in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Through historical architectural examples, the museum tells the story of the unprecedented growth and development that took place between 1850 to 1950 in Southern California. On weekends, tours take visitors on an exploration of Southern California history, architecture and culture as interpreted through the many historic structures.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Heritage Square Museum.

    • Valley Knudsen Garden Residence
    • James and Bessie Hale House
    • John Ford House
    Heritage Square Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

    Guinness World Records Museum

    Specialty Museum

    If you grew up reading the Guinness World Records books you are going to love this museum. Check out displays on the most amazing record-breaking facts and feats. The museum is also very interactive with lots of games and photo ops. You'll get the chance to stand next to the tallest man ever, weigh yourself against the heaviest man, meet the best-selling video game character, learn about the man who hiccuped for 69 years, and so much more.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Guinness World Records Museum.

    • The tallest man ever
    • Best-selling video game character
    • The man who hiccuped for 69 years
    Guinness World Records Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $36 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 6764 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Grier Musser Museum

    Historic Site

    The Grier Musser Museum is a turn-of-the-century historic Queen Anne house located near downtown Los Angeles and close to the new Red Line Subway Station. The museum displays fascinating antique collections in monthly holiday exhibits throughout the year. Explore the architectural features of the house, such as, the intricate woodwork and the fun themed antique collections.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Grier Musser Museum.

    • Intricate woodwork
    • Antique collections
    • Special holiday exhibits
    Grier Musser Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 403 S Bonnie Brae St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

    Art Museum

    The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation is a truly unique space. Their collection of modern and contemporary art is displayed in a "living with artโ€”house museum." There are more than 400 works of art on display. The collection includes works by European Modernists including Cรฉzanne, Picasso, and Kandinsky, Surrealist works by Max Ernst, Joan Mirรณ, and Renรฉ Magritte and many more. Guided public tours are available by appointment only and advanced reservations are required.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

    • Works by Picasso
    • Works by Cรฉzanne
    • Works by Kandinsky
    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 265 N Carolwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90077

    Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

    Art Museum

    The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is one of the most distinguished outdoor sculpture installations in the country. The sculpture garden was founded in 1967. The park-like space spans more than five acres of UCLAโ€™s campus and has on display over 70 sculptures by artists such as Hans Arp, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden.

    • Gerhard Marcks, Maja (viewed in situ), 1941
    • Hans Arp, Fruit hybride dit la Pagode [Hybrid Fruit Called Pagoda], 1934
    • Auguste Rodin, The Walking Man, 1905
    Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 245 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095

    The Fowler Museum at UCLA

    Art Museum

    The Fowler is a museum on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Fowler explores art and material culture primarily from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The museum's collections includes 120,000+ art and ethnographic and 600,000 archaeological objects from the ancient, traditional, and contemporary cultures of Africa, Native and Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific. They generally have three to six art exhibitions on display at a time.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at The Fowler Museum at UCLA.

    • Yoruba Beaded Arts from Southern Nigeria
    • Pre-Columbian Ceramic Vessels from Peru
    • Batik Textiles of Indonesia
    The Fowler Museum at UCLA
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Fort MacArthur Museum

    War Museum

    The Fort MacArthur Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Fort MacArthur, a U.S. Army post that guarded the Los Angeles harbor from 1914 to 1974. Established in 1985, the museum galleries contain a variety of exhibits including: the history of Los Angeles harbor defenses, home-front activities in the greater Los Angeles area during the World Wars, Civil Defense, American Pacific Theater military campaigns, early American Air Defenses and the important role of Los Angeles as a military port for both the Army and the Navy.

    Highlights

    Here are some of the "must see" items at Fort MacArthur Museum.

    • History of Los Angeles harbor defenses
    • Civil Defense
    • American Pacific Theater military campaigns
    Fort MacArthur Museum
    • ๐ŸŒ Website
    • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
    • ๐Ÿ“ 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

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